Jørgen-Frantz was determined to tell a story about his deepest emotions. The story was to be both a song of praise and a lament at a crossroad where sparks fly between life and death.
He used that crossroad and built it up in many layers: a historical foundation, a legendary tale and the autobiographical content about his love for a girl he could never have.
The legendary tale was of the priest’s widow Beinta, who drew men to her only to do away with them. Jørgen-Frantz paints a new image of her with strong erotic strokes. She tempts everything and everyone, but underneath this seduction lives no evil, only unhindered nature. In the book, the historical Beinta becomes a woman who fills men with passion, ties them mercilessly to her and binds them to her like a drug.
The new priest has an affair with the widow and she becomes a more powerful force then the Lord Himself. This leads to grief and the fervor of love at the same time.It is through soulful anguish that the book captivates us.
The reader is tossed between waves of pain and excitement.